A motorist and convict is being hailed as a hero after saving a one-year-old girl that he found crawling down the side of a highway by herself.
The incident occurred along Highway 72 in Carlton, Georgia on Friday when Bryant Collins was traveling down the busy highway and spotted the baby. He pulled over and took care of the little girl in his truck until police arrived at the scene.
Then when she started crying, Collins had another surprise up his sleeve to calm her down.
“The baby started crying. So I turned my phone on and let her listen to some gospel music and she calmed right down,” he said.
The baby girl had crawled 300 yards from her family’s home, which included a trip through the woods, a fall down a 15 foot embankment, and a short trip down the busy highway. She suffered only insect bites and minor scratches from her lone trek.
Collins had turned his life around after serving a ten year prison sentence for the production of the dangerous narcotic cocaine. After getting out of jail five years ago, he said he doesn’t do drugs anymore and has a job as a mechanic.
“It made me feel good that I could be in society and do good, just as well as you can do bad, you can do good, you know,” he told the local news.
Because of his negligence, the little girl’s father faces some serious charges. 37-year-old Timothy Pickens was charged with child cruelty, reckless conduct, and obstruction, according to authorities.
The obstruction charge came when Pickens approached the investigating deputies and started a scuffle, sheriff’s said.
According to the girl’s mother, their other children ages 13, nine and five were left to watch the baby while their parents stepped out of the house for a while. Sheriffs haven’t said whether or not the mother will face charges.